Debra P. Steger

International Trade, Investment, Dispute Settlement/Arbitration

Debra Steger is Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law and Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law where she teaches and conducts research in the fields of international trade, investment, and dispute settlement/arbitration.

Professor Steger was the first Director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO. During the Uruguay Round, she was the Senior Negotiator on Dispute Settlement and the Establishment of the World Trade Organization as well as the principal legal counsel for the Government of Canada. She has served as General Counsel of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and practised international trade, investment and competition law with major law firms in Canada. She has served on dispute settlement panels in the WTO and the NAFTA, has been appointed to dispute settlement rosters for free trade agreements and the Agreement on Internal Trade, acted as counsel in several WTO disputes, and provided technical assistance and training to developing country Members of the WTO. She serves on several editorial, academic, and other advisory committees.

She has an LL.M. from the University of Michigan, an LL.B. from the University of Victoria, and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia. She has published 11 books and over 140 articles, book chapters and reports on international trade law, international investment law and international dispute settlement/arbitration.